Small Claims Help
A small claims case is a defended claim in the county court which is allocated to the small claims track (sometimes referred to as the Small Claims Court).
Most defended cases which involve a sum of money of £10,000 or less are dealt with as small claims. The most common types of small claims are:
- claims for compensation for faulty services provided, for example by builders or by garages
- claims for compensation for faulty goods, for example televisions or washing machines which go wrong
- claims for wages owed or money in lieu of notice
- claims for unpaid invoices for services provided.
Parties to small claims are encouraged to represent themselves rather than use solicitors; the procedure is less formal than in other cases and in most small claims the court will not order the losing party to pay any of the winning party’s solicitors’ costs in any event.
Although the process is less formal, small claims can sometimes involve relatively complex issues of fact or law. Whatever the issues, parties to small claims can always benefit from timely and accurate legal advice and assistance, either before issuing a claim or at any stage of the court process, to make sure that they are on the right track and not pursuing a hopeless case.
Our experienced solicitors offer low cost advice and assistance for small claims. Wherever possible we offer fixed fees for specific tasks, for example advising on the merits of claim, explaining the process, helping with the paperwork, negotiating a settlement or helping to prepare for the final hearing. In appropriate cases we may also be able to offer representation at the final hearing itself.
We also have a mediation service available or can recommend other mediators if we are representing you.